''We wanted to recognize CEOs who are building value and delivering results year after year—not just in the short term,'' Editor-in-Chief Adi Ignatius said in a statement. ''We approached the task scientifically, basing the ranking on hard data, not on reputation or anecdote.''
Speaking to the weaker-than-expected earnings on CNBC's "Power Lunch," Harvard Business Review Editor Dan McGinn said that "Bezos is focused on growth and focused on reinvestment even if it sacrifices quarterly profits."
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It's that commitment to his company, that, in part, propelled him to the top of the list.
Shareholders may not be quite as impressed. According to a CNBC poll, when asked if Bezos should be number one on this CEO list, only 24 percent said yes.
In case you're wondering who else made the review's top five CEOs, here they are:
5. David Simon, Simon Property Group.
4. David Pyott, Allergan
3. John Chambers, Cisco
2. John Martin, Gilead Sciences